Cape Cross Seal Reserve - Namibia
Prepare to have your senses dazzled and marvel at the incredible sight of thousands of seals at one of Africa’s most impressive wildlife locations. Hear the cacophony of barks and bleats fill the air, smell the fishy aroma and witness one of nature’s most unique breeding, feeding and fighting grounds. The coastline of Southern Africa is the only residence of Cape fur seals, and Cape Cross is the largest such home of the amazing animals. There is a walkway which allows you to get up close and personal with the huge mass of Seals. From here you can see the massive bulls as they tussle for territory, and see the playful fishing habits as they feast on the swarms of fish that bring them to this shore.
Where is it?
Cape Cross is located in the centre of the Namibian South Atlantic coastline. It is part of the infamous Skeleton coast and lies just west of the country’s Capital city Windhoek.
What is it?
The Cape Cross headland was the landing site of the first European explorers to visit Namibia, largely from Portugal. It has now been designated a Seal Reserve by the Namibian government in order to protect and manage the vast numbers of Cape fur seals that inhabit it.
Best time to visit?
Namibia has a sub-tropical climate, and the best time to visit is during the peak of the dry season, from June to September, when the weather is most temperate. However, Seal numbers are highest during November, so visit then for the optimum level of seals, noise and smells!
Apart from the obvious sight of the seals, visit the Cape Cross Padrao, which was erected by the Portuguese explorer Diego Cao when he discovered the shore in 1485. The original was plundered by Germans, but an impressive replica stands in its place which handsomely overlooks the coastline.